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Week Two BlogPoll Ballot Draft

After a wild first couple of weekends of college football, I don’t know what to make of any of these teams. Clearly, there are not 25 teams deserving of a top 25 ranking, nor are there ten teams worthy of a top ten ranking, and, since no team has enough of a resume to go on yet, I’m forced to use last week’s ballot as my starting point. Nevertheless, in tribute to the recently-dethroned Notre Dame Fighting Irish, I will rank like a champion today. Here is my top 25:

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Southern Cal
3 California 3
4 Texas 1
5 Alabama 1
6 Ohio State 7
7 Mississippi
8 Boise State
9 Brigham Young
10 Penn State
11 Oklahoma 3
12 TCU 5
13 UCLA 6
14 LSU 2
15 Virginia Tech 1
16 Cincinnati 4
17 Nebraska 7
18 Georgia Tech 3
19 Pittsburgh 4
20 Houston
21 Oklahoma State 16
22 Georgia
23 Michigan
24 West Virginia
25 Wisconsin
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: Clemson (#11), North Carolina (#18), Missouri (#21), Michigan State (#22), Notre Dame (#25).

Believe me when I tell you I don’t like that any better than you do, but I will try to explain a couple of oddities:

If you’re not a fan of this ballot, I don’t blame you a bit. This week, I have time to make adjustments before the final version is due, so please feel free to offer your feedback in the comments below. Arguments with respect to the relative rankings of Big East, Big Ten, and mid-major squads are most welcome. Arguments that the ACC is anything other than a black hole of abject suckitude will be met with cruel mockery, unmitigated derision, and thoroughly inappropriate animadversions regarding the consanguinity of your parents and the purity, vel non, of your women.

For the record, I watched the Clemson-Georgia Tech game on Thursday night, I spent Friday night yelling "Go play intramurals, brother!" at Dan Hawkins during the crime against football that was the Colorado-Toledo game, and I watched a fair amount of the Fresno State-Wisconsin game on Saturday before traveling to Athens for the Georgia-South Carolina game. I heard part of the TCU-Virginia game on the radio during the drive to Athens, I saw part of the Michigan-Notre Dame game while stopping by to see Doug Gillett and his posse at Tent City, and I saw the winning touchdown being scored in the Ohio State-USC game while passing through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on my way back to the parking deck.

Also for the record, I got home at 2:00 a.m., but I still served as lay leader for the 11:00 a.m. worship service and attended my lay speaking recertification course in the afternoon. If you’re thinking of a line from Danny Glover to Mel Gibson in the "Lethal Weapon" movies, you’re right.

Go ‘Dawgs!